Walkin’ in DC – part 1

For a Walk with Jo this week I invite you to join me for a stroll in Washington D.C.

bench with a view
I start this post with one of my favorite photos from DC this spring: The Washington Monument — at sunset –with spring blooms- and a few benches to sit on to soak up the view (linked to bench series #15). I only did a little editing to this photo – I lowered the exposure, increased the saturation and contrast – and straightened it.
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Here is the Washington Monument from the other side – we were now standing West – looking at the cherry blossoms – and the flags- with the night lights shining.
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Let’s get a little closer – looking up at the Washington Monument – Can you see where the stones change color? There is a line noting the change in materials because this monument sat unfinished for many years (due to lack of funds and power struggles) and when they finally finished it – the same marble was no longer available – and so now it is a mix of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss – and maybe the mixture of stone better matches the melting pot of people that makes up our diverse country .  This 554 feet phallic monument is the tallest STONE structure in the world.
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close up of the stones

 

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Here is the Washington Monument from a distance. I like the lines from the foliage in this shot.

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These two guys seemed to be passing time – maybe they were early for the Cherry Blossom Festival – or just “waiting on a friend….” (Stones song here) but I LOVE how they seem to be afloat in the midst of the spring daffodils and link this photo to this week’s wpc.
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These folks are also waiting….  the mood here really stood out to me – the lady with her head in her elbows and knees — and the reflection of the Adidas running suit.
looking up athard rock cafe dc
With very hungry stomachs — we easily agreed to do the “trendy tourist thing” and eat at Hard Rock Cafe DC – and here is looking up at the flags  Linked to Debbie’s LULD.
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Trendy to eat at Hard Rock? – yeah, maybe… But then again, we are trying to dine at different Hard Rock locations throughout the world – and this visit adds one more to our list. The service was outstanding – from the greeting hostess to our primary server (above) – bevs were fine too – but the highlight of the night: the trio fajitas get a full 5 stars.
drinks
The view from the window at Hard Rock DC
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Going down to catch the Metro.
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There was not much trash on the Metro, – but on one ride, my son found 41 dollars worth of scratched off lottery tickets – they were stuffed on the side of his seat. Also, this newspaper insert was on my seat, which said “Yeah, good luck with that” – I just had to take a photo.
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I end my walk in DC with another one of my favorite photos – it was taken while we were visiting the World War II Memorial (which was built in 2004 –  it has wreaths and a beautiful waterfall to honor the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S. for that war). The photo is a bit dark, but if you look closely to the center right – there is a lady with her hand up – This is Mrs. Holmes, a newlywed who was strolling the Memorial with her hubs, and in my next post on DC (part 2) – I will share a nice photo of her and her spouse.

Hope you have are having a great start to your week and thanks for joining me with a stroll around DC.

If you are in the mood to check out more Monday Walks – or if you would like to join in and share one of your own strolls – check out Restless Jo’s blog (HERE) where this week she brings us to Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire.

PS – If you want more photos of DC (before I can bring you my part 2) well check out Mark’s blog because he has a handful of posts from his Easter visit to DC –  his post “D.C. in Photos: Peek-a-Boo Views” is HERE


98 thoughts on “Walkin’ in DC – part 1

  1. Thanks so much for the link and shout-out, Y. Your pictures are wonderful. We visited the monuments and memorials in the daytimes, so I dig your night views.

    By the way, Y fans, my D.C. series started last week and runs through Friday. I did a lot of shooting in our Easter Weekend getaway, obviously. My iPhone 6 shutter button never rested.

    Y, I can’t believe we were just one week from being able to meet on our D.C. trips!

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    1. thanks Marky-mark.
      And Your multi-day DC series is really great because of the personal touch you add to your take on DC – like instead of all postcard shots (which have value) – you give us a variety of shots and up views form your lens and with your view – which is a “newspaper-writer-well-seasoned-diverse-people-lovin-kinda-guy” 🙂 and we need to check our schedules and chat next time when it comes to east coast trips – 🙂

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      1. yes, currently an RVA-er – but will always have a small part for Buffalo in my heart. Even though I never “meant” to move away from western new york (I was quite happy there) – But in 1990… I took a short break from college to live in FL, which led to opportunities to live in other States in the US.

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    1. Thanks so much Andy! I am extra glad to read your comment because I was not sure how I was going to go about sharing my photos. I took 390 photos of DC – and deleted 150 right after upload (you know the blurry ones or the junk ones) – and so looking at about 240 – well I finally decided on two posts – this one wight he monument and then a second one with the “people of DC” which I am still just thinking about. anyhow, thanks again 🙂 ❤

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  2. Wonderful pics of DC, Yvette, the monument especially. So interesting to see the different colours of the stones, and to read why. I never knew that. Love your street photography….such characters you captured. 🙂 I’ve also eaten at Hard Rock Cafe DC, and loved every mouthful. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Sylvia – and that was exactly how I felt – trendy or not – enjoyed every bite! I ddi not get to sample what others had at our table – just was not the night for sharing bites of this and that – lol –

      and two more factoids about the monument – it just reopened last may (2014) after repairs from the earthquake and hurricane in 2011 –
      and also, in the late 1800’s it was the tallest structure in the world – and when Gustav built the Eiffel Tower – it was 984 feet to make sure it beat the 554 feet of the monument – and so in 1889 – the Eiffel tower beam the tallest structure and helped open the world’s fair that year.
      and now – all these years later…
      the tallest structure is “Burj Khalifa” in Dubai and stands at 2,717- whew is that tall!

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  3. Very beautiful colors, particularly in the first image. 🙂

    I hate posting links in comments, but over the weekend my blog was deleted in a transfer process- so I’ve had to start again from scratch- my new blog address is: https://west517photos.wordpress.com/
    If you would still like to follow me, you’ll have to do so again~

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    1. thanks for the feedback – and it was actually that pretty sunset that made the shot – but no layering was done – it was all natural… xxoo

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  4. Thank you for the walk, and the personal tour of Washington DC. It was really interesting to learn of the marble in the monument and how it relates to the color change. Love learning little details such as this.
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    ~Carl~

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  5. I’m having a great time this Spring getting to know DC thanks to you (and Mark), Your opening shot was well chosen – its stunning and drew me in to the rest of your article. a great post – looking forward to part two – Roy

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    1. thanks so much Roy – that was nice to read – and when I see Mark’s photos it reminds me as to how wonderful it is that folks can get such diverse takes on a city. 🙂 (and no Neil Diamond for me) – thanks again

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    1. Thanks – and it is very interesting – while walking around the monument area we counted different languages we overheard – at we counted at least four other ones besides English – and that was rich.

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  6. Thank you for taking me along with you on another adventure, Yvette. 🙂 I’ve seen zillions of shots of those cherry blossoms (well, a few!) but none captured atmosphere better, leading through to your outstanding coverage of the Monument too. (why, oh why are we obsessed with size? No answer needed 🙂 )
    Yay! I’m in good company! I collect Hard Rock’s too! Haven’t notched up very many but ya never know 🙂
    Many thanks for including me in your thought provoking travelogue. It’s always an honour. Take care of yourself 🙂

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    1. thanks so much restless Jo- and how cool that we share the visits to different Hard Rock cafes! Also, I think it is neat how each Hard Rock Cafe has different collectibles – so that makes visiting each location even more fun. and here is a link (http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/washington-dc/memorabilia/) to what the DC Hard Rock has (for when you make it across the ocean again). Also – little side note – I almost posted the photo of Mary Wilson’s feather cape for my “afloat” wpc this week – but went with the guys near the daffodils instead. But here is the shot of the feathered cape she wore – and it sits above the stairs.

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      1. Oh, I LOVE that cape, Yvette!!! Our Hard Rock was a way to keep our guitar mad son happy when he was an aggravating youth who didn’t really want to see the world with Mam and Dad 🙂 25 now so he can go his own road 🙂

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      2. well no hurry – but thanks for the reply – – oh and best wishes getting ready for your trip – I am sure there is lots to do… ❤

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  7. I enjoyed walking around DC with you, Y. Love that first shot, you did a good job capturing it and post-processing it. It sort of looks like fire is shooting through the branches, like the trees are on fire. That is quite an interesting train ride there. Though you said not very messy, it seemed like it was a great treasure hunt place for your son 😀 I’d rather find scratched off lottery tickets and old papers and magazines than food and drink…too many a time on Melbourne’s public transport. Hope your week’s been good so far.

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    1. well thanks for joining me on this little walk Mabel – and we really did not see any food or drink stuff – so that was nice – and I would rather find “unscratched off” lottery tickets! ha!

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      1. that is a good thing to keep in mind – and whew – I think a lot of people dump a good chunk of daily money into those tickets – especially those who buy a bunch of five dollars one –

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      2. Americans are like Australians, always buying and spending money on lotto tickets. A former boss once told me that the odds of buying a lottery ticket is the same as not buying one, so might as well buy one anyway and try your luck.

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  8. Thanks for the stroll around DC! I was down for a few days last summer and had a good time walking all over the city. Took a lot of pictures, including of that, go ahead and say it, giant phallus symbol…

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    1. ha – laughing at your comment! and also – you said something else that totally describes DC

      “had a good time walking all over the city”

      because oh my goodness is all about the mile san smiles of walking… and tip for folks – wear really comfortable shoes.

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  9. I absolutely love DC. Jeff took me there for my 60th birthday. We spent a couple of days and it was great. We go every so often since we’re not all that far away. My favorite is the Lincoln Memorial. Last time we were there they were renovating it and there was no water in the reflection pond so we need to get back there. Maybe we will meet there one day. LOL
    These photos are fabulous. Thanks for the trip.

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    1. Hi G – the reflection pond was drained on our trip – but the wwII fountains were up and running. and what a especial place to go for your b-day – ❤ and thanks for walking' w. me in this post xxoo

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  10. I used to think the Monument was a little on the boring side, and yet…. I love to see it!
    My first visit to your blog – love how you expand your posts with your comments.
    Am off to read a little more, now that my tea is ready…

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  11. I love the way you illustrate your travels. I can feel the mood as if I’m there. Of these photos I particularly like the close-ups of the Washington Monument. I’ve never been to DC (but oh do I need to) and these make me feel as if I can touch it.

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    1. Thanks so much Jennifer – and that was one of my goals this trip – I wanted to get up close and personal. About ten years ago I used to teach for a traveling program – and I made a lot of trips to Northern VA and DC- and so I saw the monument often! – and so my goal was to it close up – and I guess it suffered major damage in 2011 (earthquake and hurricane) and just reopened in may 2014 –

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  12. Well mon amie, I am at the part in my book where I am writing about my arrival at Walter Reed Medical Centre in Maryland in 1980 to be with my American GI, my first ever time, alone, on the East Coast of America when I am 19 and scared out of my mind. Then I get the taxi from the hospital back to Dulles airport I am struck by the sight of this huge Washington Monument in the distance and I wonder if I will ever get back there to explore DC and the see it up front. I have yet to do that. So once again, the timing of what you share here blows me away…thank you for sharing it with me through your eyes. And the photo with the girl’s head in her hands, well, that speaks volumes to me. Love your take on the floating challenge, and great to see your daffodils there! We’ve been to the Hard Rock cafe in a few places, love them. Think of the fun we’d have at the one in London 🙂 Great post Y, you bring so much to me on a pesonal level and I thank you so much for that ❤

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    1. Thanks sherri – and the London one is really the only other HRC that is on my “must visit” list – so many have closed down and I guess some locations are “unauthorized” – but the London HRC has that initial Eric Clapton Fender guitar that started it all… so if you get back there – send me a pic.

      oh and the lady with her head in her hands – well I have taken so many exhausting trips that involve waiting and down time so I could relate. and coincidentally – this photo was taken right next to reagan international airport – so I wonder if their waiting and passing time had to do with a flight in some way.
      so cool about the timing of where you are in your book – ❤

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      1. I certainly will get that photo for you Yvette. Got a great excuse to get back to London now 😀 And yes, I feel that with the airport thing…too many times like you. Have a great day mon amie…I’ll be shooting off to bed soon, been a long but good day… hugs … 🙂 ❤

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      2. yes and people always talk about loving traveling – and while on one hand it is so great – it also has that laborious exhausting side (sometimes before during and after) – lol
        ok, sweet dreams – ☁☁☁

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  13. hey-howdy-ho, my friend 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to say hi. Sorry I’ve been so quiet over the last couple of months. Still not over my blogging “funk”. Will get back into action some time, but sill lying low for now. Hope you’ve been doing great. xoxo.

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    1. thanks Kan – and personally I think that funks (and passes) are part of the breathing fabric that makes up a blogger’s life – because we cannot operate our lives like a machine; instead, we go with the ebb and flow of seasons – and sometimes coming back from extensive traveling or just after a certain phase in a year – well we need pauses or phases of dormancy – I mean – even a garden does not bloom non stop for 365 days a year – most living things need balance between pouring out and building up – and whatnot….

      anyhow, joy is… saying “hey howdy ho” to a blog amiga ❤

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  14. When I was younger family members lived in Alexandria, VA., right next door to DC. When we drove to visit from NJ, we loved seeing the monument come into sight. When we were very young we called it, “the finger.” I’ve been up in it a couple of times, with family, and on school trips when I was older.

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    1. how cute that you all called the finger – :0) – and I bet that was nice visiting your norther VA family… whenever we miss California we find that going to Northern Virginia sometimes assuages the yearning….

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  15. Hello there Y, Are you visiting DC for a little while or is it where you live?!
    I especially love the first photograph, you did a really good job with the effects…makes it look much more beautiful ! 🙂

    Looks like you had fun while strolling through the DC streets, you truly captured the essence of that place ! 🙂

    Have a fantastic day ahead. Much love,
    Zee ❤

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  16. Lovely post Yvette, but then I expect the best from you! I love the first shot of the Washington Monument with the lovely sky colors st sunset as well as the third closeup shot at night (great angle). And my favorite is the ‘Afloat Amidst the Daffodils! Wonderful. Thanks for letting me walk virtually with you through DC.

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  17. Hi sweet Y!! Aw so much to chat about! I adore the new look of your blog here – it’s refined and pretty, just like you 🙂 I am looking at the changing of the stone color on the Washington Monument and had not heart of that before – so now I’m learning! I always like your photos of people you come across too and here is no exception. I have never been to Washington DC but know people that live there. I would travel with you anytime as you would always be exploring and I could join you! ❤

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  18. Yvette… Your strikethrough… Tsk, tsk, tsk! 🙂 But what a stellar pictorial and write ups. It was sad in hindsight but when the kids and I (along with the ex back then) went, we only got to about 200 yards of the Monument when the kids could go no further. Excellent night photography.

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